Monday, August 31, 2009

TS Fay's Latest at Calder

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Pre Miami Update

I am already behind by one report, so this one goes up, warts and all.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Wednesday Roundup

Today's is pretty much covered by the video:

Friday, August 7, 2009

TS Fay's Sunday Race and Working on Lead Changes

Alex finally figured out how to get the races and post them here. So here is TS Fay's last race and the work we did with her today.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Wednesday Roundup

Irish Eagle was ridden today. He is not lame or touchy on his shins and so he was ridden "lightly". We will ride him off and on while the shins are tightening and healing.

More on Spitfire Red plus Bathing 101:

Monday, August 3, 2009

TS Fay and Tiny race at Calder

Filly warms up well,loads in gate and breaks well. She is game and in race until top of stretch again and then really fades to last. She ran further as this race was a furlong longer than her last but did not change her lead to the right. I wonder if the shin is bothering her or is she not confident or experienced enough to change leads at a full run. This is her fourth race on the track and in her life. If she shows any soreness in her shin then that would explain her problem. If not shin may just be a need to get more comfortable changing leads in a full run.
Or more fitness. To this point this filly has done everything right-and had no setbacks. I did want to see more of a finish and of course was disappointed.

Tiny is back to race after being off since May. She has worked two times at Calder and needs the race which is five furlongs.

Tiny was well manered and went into gates well. She broke well and ran in the pack (fourth) for about 4 1/2 furlongs, held on to stretch and faded but beat one horse. She tried and tired and should be better next time. Not being able to work over this surface is a great disadvantage for my horses. But as long as there is improvement I have hope.
She is just three and her two year old year was spent fighting abcesses in feet and then shin issues. I'm glad she has made it to the races!

Official results and links to video of the races (6th and 9th) here.

By the way -TS Fay was not tired out of race and did not drink any water. Those are clues that we have not yet got her act together enough to run her best.
Oh well- the weather was beautiful and we got home safely!
We'll see how they are tomorrow.
That's all for now!

UPDATE: TS Fay shows no problem so far on her shins and seems just fine. Maybe she will show something tomorrow.
Tiny-the filly that ran promisingly has shins a little touchy...we will see how she evolves...

Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Trip Down to Calder

It is 6 o'clock and we are on the way to Miami to race again tomorrow at Calder. The sun is just starting to come up. We have been on the road an hour and the horses are quiet.

Here comes the sun through the orange groves along Highway 27.

After the orange groves we pass through miles of sugar cane; plains of cane.

After the sugar cane fields we see dredging in the Everglades.

Miami here we are!

Tall buildings everywhere.

The Intracoastal Waterway.